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Fundraising Workshop: Nonprofit Fundraising 101 - with special LANO member discount

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Tuesday, March 7, 2017

April Fundraising Workshop:

Nonprofit Fundraising 101


Thursday, April 13

1:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Ashe Cultural Arts Center

1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans


Details and registration


Every nonprofit needs to know the options for how it will raise money. This workshop will give you the essential background you need in order to understand how you'll keep your work well-funded.

Participants will learn:

  • Where nonprofits get their funding.

  • Why your nonprofit might choose to prioritize fundraising from grants, individual donors, events, and other sources.

  • What it means to make your funding sustainable.

  • The difference between restricted and unrestricted funding.

  • The Donor Cultivation Cycle- the framework for identifying and building relationships with your donors and funders.

This workshop is ideal for both for those new to the fundraising and nonprofit world and for those with some experience in fund development.

Participants will receive a Certificate of Participation for completing the workshop.

Registration $40. LANO members using the discount code LANO2017 receive 15% off! Discounts also available for students, AmeriCorps members, and organizations registering two or more people.

For questions or to reserve your seat and pay at the door, email For more on workshops and other services from The Funding Seed, visit

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Community Letter in Support of Nonpartisanship

Posted By Terence Delaine Jr, Thursday, March 2, 2017

As many of you know, LANO is a proud member of the National Council of Nonprofits(NCN). We are therefore joining the National Council of Nonprofits, their nationwide network, and nonprofits and foundations from across the country, in signing onto a special Community Letter in Support of Nonpartisanship. This letter is in response to a possible repeal of the Johnson Amendment, a 1954 tax provision that directly affects the actions of 501(c)(3) organizations. The proposed legislation would alter this longstanding federal law that protects charitable nonprofits and foundations – and the donating public – by allowing this type of political activity.


The sign-on letter campaign that NCN is about to launch in Nonprofit Advocacy Matters is designed to generate as many organizational signers as possible from all 50 states. They welcome organizational names from charitable nonprofits, foundations, and for-profits that support their community and oppose changes to the Johnson Amendment. All of you can help by sending out a special Action Alert to your email list, include the issue in your newsletter, and any other way you have to communicate with organizations in your state. Their ask is that you send folks to the website with the sign-on letter: This letter will be delivered to their U.S. Senators and Representatives to show them that charitable nonprofits, foundations, and their many supporters are united in opposition to efforts to politicize their community.

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Successful Grant Writing Course - NEW INFORMATION!! NEW DATES!!

Posted By David Kiviaho, kiisa Corporation, Friday, February 24, 2017


Successful Grant Writing Course - NEW INFORMATION! NEW DATES!!

March 27th and March 28th - $395


kiisa corporation and LSU present the newest addition of Successful Grant Writing. With new information about funding sources and how to reach those folks, kiisa has also added portions of Grant Management to this course!!


With over 25 years of grant writing experience, and millions of dollars raised, kiisa corporation understands the importance of a stellar narrative and building just the right relationships to garner new funding. This is not a boring grant course. It is very interactive, with all participants actually writing grant components throughout the two day workshop.


kiisa and LSU celebrate their sixth year partnership in the provision of this Successful Grant Writing Course to this region. You must register to attend!! Do not miss this opportunity. When you graduate from the Successful Grant Writing Course, you will be armed and ready to garner that much needed funding for your special project (s).


This course is open to the beginner and the expert. kiisa has constructed the course in such a manner that only the most innovative aspects and learning tools are utilized. We look forward to seeing you on March 27, 2017 and March 28, 2017 at LSU in Baton Rouge!


REGISTER at this link!!


Contact Kandie at 225-578-1214 or email her at for more information!


We will see you there folks!!


Sharon Sandifer, M.Ed

David Kiviaho

kiisa corporation Instructors

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Scholarship Opportunity for Future Female Scientists: Emmy Noether Award

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Friday, February 24, 2017

Scientific discovery is the future of technology and progress. The best ideas are out there, and YOU have them! We believe that you can make these ideas a reality through a career of scientific research and discovery. Science is for everyone. It does not discriminate based on background or resources, and it does not discriminate by gender. If you have an idea and a passion, it is yours to explore. We want to help you explore it. We need more girls in science. We need more girls who are going to discover, explore, and change the world. We need YOU! 


The Emmy Noether Award is a partnership among The Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation (Brown Foundation), Benjamin Franklin High School, and From Student to Scientist. Sparked by an idea two high school scientists had to bring science to other students in a peer-to-peer based program, the Emmy Noether Award developed from the outreach program From Student to Scientist in partnership with Benjamin Franklin High School and the Brown Foundation to create a unique partnership among students, teachers, the community of New Orleans, and beyond.  


The Emmy Noether Award is an investment in the future of young female scientists. Two young scientists will be awarded with silver medals, and one young scientist will be awarded with a gold medal and $25,000 of funding for each of three years that she remains in a graduate level program to obtain a degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics through which she will continue to pursue research and discovery.  
Additionally, all three medalists will become members of the Emmy Noether Scholars, a network of motivated young female scientists working to further science, innovation, and discovery for students and scientists of all ages and backgrounds. 


We are looking for girls who are juniors or seniors in high schools located in Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines,        
St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington Parishes and Southwest Mississippi counties.




March 17th: Materials must be received by 11:59PM CST.

Please make sure that your application form is completed and the following materials are sent to: 


- Application form
- Two essays (one research essay and one personal essay sent by student)
- Official transcript (sent by school counselor)
- One letter of recommendation (teacher or mentor)
- Emmy Noether certification statement


*Please title all documents in the following format:



March 27th: Semifinalists will be notified via email. 
Semifinalists will be asked to schedule a 30 minute interview with the selection committee. 
April 22nd: Semifinalist interviews will be conducted at the Brown Foundation office. 
May 5th: Finalists will be notified via email. 
May 13th: Inaugural Celebration and Awards Ceremony (all Finalists invited to attend)


Contact us: 
Address 320 Metairie Hammond Hwy., Suite 500 

Metairie, LA 70005  

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Grantwriting for Beginners on March 9th!

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Are you involved with a nonprofit? 
Does your job require you to raise funds for your department or position? 
Do you want to add a valuable skill to your resume? 
Consider grantwriting!

Grantwriting for Beginners is an engaging workshop that gives you the basic tools you need to start writing grants. Participants will learn how to find funding opportunities, tools and tips for writing proposals and ways to make a program competitive for repeat funding.

Attendees will receive a certificate of participation after completing the workshop.

Registration $40 per person. Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps members and organizations registering two or more people. Click here to register!

For more on workshops and other services from The Funding Seed, visit Email to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door.

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Decipher the Form 990 Sections on Compensation Reporting

Posted By Celeste Viator, Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP, Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Most tax-exempt organizations must file Form 990 with the IRS. This form, titled Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax, has significant implications for not-for-profit organizations. The compensation of officers, directors, trustees, key employees and others in tax-exempt organizations has always been scrutinized by the IRS. That is why compensation reporting is so important on Form 990.

Relevant data is reported in three places:

  • "Officers, Directors, Trustees, Key Employees, and Highest Compensated Employees;"
  • "Statement of Functional Expenses," lines 5, 7, 8, and 9; and
  • Schedule J, "Compensation Information for Certain Officers, Directors, Trustees, Key Employees, and Highest Compensated Employees."

In each instance, there are significant differences in the amounts and details included. As a result, properly reporting compensation is one of the more difficult tasks in preparing Form 990.


Note: Determining exactly who should be listed in Part VII, Section A and Schedule J can be complex. This article only covers some compensation reporting issues for those listed. Consult with your not-for-profit adviser to help identify the individuals who should be listed.


What Is the Period for Reporting Compensation?

The compensation reported in Part VII, Section A and in Schedule J should be for the calendar year ending with or within the organization's tax year. The amounts reported in Part IX are based on the organization's tax year. Therefore, fiscal year organizations must keep dual sets of compensation data.


What Compensation Must Be Reported?

Part VII and Schedule J both ask for the compensation reported on an employee's Form W-2, box 1 or 5 (whichever is greater), and an independent contractor's (i.e., director or trustee) Form 1099-MISC, box 7. This "reportable compensation" is shown by its source -- the filing organization or a related organization. (The IRS definition of a "related organization" is in the right-hand box.)

Schedule J further requires that reportable compensation be identified as base compensation, bonus/incentive compensation, or other reportable compensation. Examples of other reportable compensation included on Schedule J are current year payments earned in a prior year, severance payments, and longevity of service awards.


What about Retirement and Deferred Compensation?

Schedule J (but not Part VII) requires that all types of deferred compensation be reported in a separate column. This includes deferrals under both qualified and nonqualified retirement plans maintained by the filing organization or by a related organization, and the annual increase or decrease in actuarial value of a defined benefit plan (but not the earnings or losses accrued on deferred amounts in a defined contribution plan). Deferred compensation may be funded or unfunded, vested or subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture.


If a deferred comp arrangement requires an employee to perform services for a period of time, the amount is treated as accrued or earned ratably over the service period, even though the amount is not funded and may be subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture until the end of the service period.

Compensation paid within 2 1/2 months after the end of the tax year is treated as current compensation rather than deferred compensation.


Which Benefits Are Not Taxable?

Benefits specifically excluded from tax under the Internal Revenue Code must be reported on Schedule J. However, to make matters more confusing, certain benefits are considered disregarded under IRC Section 132 and are not reported.


Disregarded Benefits. Common disregarded benefits include reimbursements pursuant to an accountable plan, no-additional cost services, qualified employee discounts, de minimis benefits, and working condition benefits.


An accountable plan is a reimbursement or other expense allowance arrangement that satisfies these three requirements:

  • The expenses covered under the plan must be reasonable employee business expenses.
  • The employee must adequately account to the employer for the expenses within a reasonable period of time.
  • The employee must return any excess amount within a reasonable period of time.

A de minimis fringe is a property or service of which the value (taking into account the frequency with which similar fringes are provided by the employer) is so small as to make accounting for it unreasonable or administratively impractical.


A working condition fringe is any property or service provided to an employee to the extent that if the employee paid for it, the payment would be a deductible business expense. Common examples of a working condition fringe benefit are:


1. The value of an employee's business use of an employer-provided automobile; and
2. The business use of a cell phone provided for an employee primarily for business purposes. (The personal use of such cell phone is considered a de minimis fringe.)


Directors and trustees are treated as employees for purposes of the working condition fringe provisions.


What Are Reportable Nontaxable Benefits?


The following are examples of benefits that should be reported as nontaxable benefits in column D of Schedule J (unless they are reported as taxable compensation):

  • Most types of insurance, including health, life, disability, medical reimbursement programs, long-term care, and job-related liability insurance.
  • Various types of assistance payments, such as for dependent care, adoption, tuition, and other items.

The value of housing provided by the employer to an employee may be:

  • Taxable (for example, a cash housing allowance); 
  • A nontaxable working condition fringe, statutorily nontaxable (for example, housing provided primarily for the convenience of the employer); or
  • Partly taxable and partly excluded from tax (for example, the value of in-kind housing provided to certain school employees).

Reporting Exceptions

There are some compensation reporting exceptions for Part VII and Schedule J:


The $10,000 Exception. Reportable compensation from related organizations [Part VII, Section A, column (E)] generally doesn't include payments from a single related organization if such payments are less than $10,000 for the calendar year ending with or within the organization's taxable year. However, there is no de minimis exception for payments to a former director or former trustee.


Note: This exception doesn't apply to Schedule J reporting.


The Volunteer Exception. An organization isn't required to report in column (E) or (F) of Part VII, Section A, compensation paid to a volunteer trustee, director, or officer of the filing organization if the related organization is a for-profit entity, is not owned or controlled directly or indirectly by the filing organization or one or more related tax-exempt organizations, and doesn't provide management services for a fee to the organization.


Other Compensation - Part VII

Don't be confused by a similar term -- "other reportable compensation" in Part II, column (B)(iii) of Schedule J, discussed previously, is not the same as "other compensation" used in column (F) in Part VII, Section A. Here, other compensation includes deferred compensation and nontaxable benefits, as discussed previously with respect to Schedule J reporting.


Recommendation: Your organization should consider its compensation recordkeeping with these requirements in mind to determine the best way to capture the necessary information.


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1 week left to apply for the 2017 LA SCCC!

Posted By Robin Taylor, Louisiana Association of United Ways, Monday, February 20, 2017

Don’t miss your chance to be part of the 2017 LA SCCC! All qualifying health and human service non-profits operating within the state of Louisiana are encouraged to apply to be a participating charity.


Through the LA SCCC, state employees are given the opportunity every fall to contribute, through payroll deduction and/or one-time contributions, to approved health and human service non-profit organizations. The Louisiana Association of United Ways proudly serves as the Principal Combined Fundraising Organization (PCFO) and works in coordination with the Office of State Uniform Payroll (OSUP).


The 2017 LA SCCC application is available at and is due by March 1, 2017. Please note that OSUP will be closed on Tuesday, February 28th and will be unable to accept deliveries on this date. 

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Free Health Screening in New Orleans

Posted By J. B. Hunt, AAAneurysm Outreach, Tuesday, February 14, 2017

NEW ORLEANS, La — University Medical Center, AAAneurysm Outreach and W.L. Gore are planning a free abdominal aortic aneurysm screening event March 25, from 8 a.m. to noon UMC Conference Center, Room J at 2000 Canal Street.

“This screening test is a simple ultrasound of the abdomen. It only takes a few minutes and is painless,” according to William Risher, MD. “If the aneurysm is found early, it can be treated to prevent rupturing.”

Ruptured aneurysms are fatal in at least 80 percent of the cases. A simple and painless ultrasound exam can save lives.

Advance registration and 8-hour fast required.  Call (888) 871-3801 for an appointment.

Individuals must meet eligibility requirements for the screening. Individuals 60 and older who have at least two cardiovascular risk factors and men age 55 and older with a family history of abdominal aortic aneurysm and at least one additional cardiovascular risk factor are eligible for the screening once every five years.

An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a ballooning of the abdominal aorta, the artery that carries blood to the lower part of the body. This type of aneurysm rupture is the third leading cause of sudden death in men 60 and older in the United States. It is estimated that more than 1 million people are living today with an undiagnosed AAA. Risk factors for AAA include a history of smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and hardening of the arteries.

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2017 LA SCCC Applications are due in 2 weeks

Posted By Robin Taylor, Louisiana Association of United Ways, Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Don’t miss your chance to be part of the 2017 LA SCCC!


All qualifying health and human service non-profits operating within the state of Louisiana are encouraged to apply to be a participating charity.


Through the LA SCCC, state employees are given the opportunity every fall to contribute, through payroll deduction and/or one-time contributions, to approved health and human service non-profit organizations. The Louisiana Association of United Ways proudly serves as the Principal Combined Fundraising Organization (PCFO) and works in coordination with the Office of State Uniform Payroll (OSUP).


The 2017 LA SCCC application is available at  and is due by March 1, 2017. Please note that OSUP will be closed on Tuesday, March 28th and will be unable to accept deliveries on this date. 

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Gearing up for the 2017 Legislative Session(s)

Posted By Cindy Bishop, Checkmate Strategies, Thursday, February 2, 2017



From: Checkmate Strategies []

Subject: A Note from Cindy Bishop ~ Checkmate Strategies




January 25, 2017


The 2017 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature will be here before we know it. The fiscal only session begins on Monday, April 10th. 2017 being an odd numbered year will have a sixty day fiscal only session. However, lawmakers can file up to five non-fiscal bills. That alone gives us the possibility of monitoring 720 non-fiscal (general) bills during the upcoming Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature.


Additionally, Governor John Bel Edwards is expected to call state lawmakers into a two-week special session in mid-February to address a budget deficit of $300 million for the current fiscal year.


The Regular Legislative Session will begin on Monday, April 10, 2017 and must adjourn no later than 6 PM on June 8, 2017

* Pre-filing deadline - 3/31 5 PM

* Late Filing deadline for the House - Tuesday, 4/18 6 PM

* Late Filing deadline for the Senate - Tuesday, 4/18 6 PM


Checkmate Strategies is poised to help you and your members succeed this year. We provide customized advocacy training for board members, volunteers and staff.

Advocacy Training.pdf

Additionally, Checkmate Strategies provides legislative tracking services and lobbying.

We are blessed that Checkmate Strategies will celebrate our 22nd year in operation on February lst of this year. We have had the privilege to work on many high profile legislative campaigns and have a track record of success. Both Cindy Bishop, President and Michael Willis, VP of Business Development, are registered lobbyists and we spend our days at the Louisiana State Capitol every day that the state lawmakers are in legislative session.

David Roberson serves as our Director of Operations and he also is a registered lobbyist. Sarah Heath handles most of the aspects of our association management operation including membership recruitment and retention, communications, financial management and website management.

We would love the opportunity to work with you and help you to instill your values and ideals into the Legislative Process.



Most Sincerely,

Cindy Bishop, President

Checkmate Strategies

(225) 933-5435 Cell



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